Well, in 24 hours from now the Mueller report will have been released and rapidly dissected by partisans (especially those in the media charading as objective journalists), it will have been churned over on TV news for many hours, it will have been read and dissected in hastily prepared written pieces and of course, on Twitter it will have been spun continuously for almost an entire day. In the Twitter universe, that’s enough time for several complete spin cycles to launch, peak, be upended by a competing spin narrative, so who knows what the smart takes will be by this time in the wee hours of Friday morning.
Where would American politics be without the Twitter political forum to spin the news for us…
How people view Trump/Russian collusion probably rests on, not just partisanship, but on what parts of the past two years worth of spin people believe. In fact, many anti-Trump people, especially those who follow the anti-Trump media and believe it, will walk away believing Trump got away with being a Russian agent, no matter what facts the Mueller report finds.
On the Left, many anti-Trumpers have bought into the mountains of anti-Trump spin, which were rapidly spun by the mainstream media, before going down in flames within 24-48 hours, as the stories fell apart. Many people ran with the pants on fire initial reporting and never paid attention to the debunking of those stories.
On the Right, many of the MAGA Trump followers believe all of the Trump and Fox News spin, which casts Trump as the perennial victim of dastardly Leftists. These people ignore facts, whenever they get in the way of Trump as the victim spin and they conveniently disregard all the disturbing Trump behavior, like the petty name-calling, the impulsive policy shifts that leave his own staff scrambling to figure out what he meant, his fawning over the world’s despots and his relentless lying.
My prediction is that not much will change in this entrenched domestic spin information war. Each side will pick and choose bits and pieces to bolster their spin narrative and each side will disregard any parts in the report that don’t bolster their beliefs about Trump/Russian collusion.
I won’t be watching TV news, or be on Twitter or blogging tomorrow… but I might start reading the report, well maybe. I am busy working on my cross-stitch lately.
Finished the Russian dolls piece – cute. Sorry for the crooked picture, but I really am terrible at taking photos and even worse at trying to edit them (psst, I put in a corrected photo, because I noticed in rotating the photo thing, I had flipped the sides of the photo – the little Cossack is on the left, not the right):
Finished stitching another one of those small, tedious Spring kits:
I also have a bunch of Christmas clearance cross-stitch kits too, so I started a Christmas bunny kit the other day. Still have some back-stitching to do to finish it. I hate stitching on the 18 count Aida cloth that comes in these kits, because even with my magnifying lamp and my glasses, it’s a struggle for me to count the squares:
I also started stitching another small kit that I bought last summer when my husband was in the hospital. I took a trip to a Joann’s store to get a break from the hospital… and bought two more cross-stitch kits.
I love bunnies, btw… So, I have two more of these bunny Christmas kits with different bunny pictures…
And I have this Liberty Bell project too, but that one’s a struggle trying to work on with all the interruptions here, when my husband needs help getting to the bathroom, needs his meals, etc. These small projects are easy to pick up and stitch a bit, throughout the day.
Yes, it’s probably better to plan for small doses of news today and plan on “reading the actual report”. Most of the media blathering on won’t read the report, but they will be touted as having the smart takes on it.